Sakura Aoi is a large, bipedal, blue tortoise-like creature with a tough brown shell and two powerful water cannons, which are like steel in appearance, that jut out of the top sides of its shell. The cannons can be withdrawn inside the shell, or rotated to point backwards; this enables Sakura to commence jet assisted rams. Sakura’s head sports triangular ears and is strong and sturdy in shape, allowing her to ram into opponents in battle. Sakura’s arms are thick and patterned with striations, possessing three claws on the hands. The white rim of the shell also encircles the arm. Unlike other Hokuto, Sakura’s tail is blue and stubby.
Sakura can shoot water from her cannons with enough force to punch holes in steel, and enough accuracy to hit an empty can 160 feet away. Sakura also has the ability to learn Ice-type moves like Ice Beam and Blizzard. Since Sakura is a fully evolved Water-type Hokuto it can use Hyper Beam, Giga Blast and Hydro Cannon. She can spin very fast in her shell to knock enemies out of its path. Despite not having Steel as her secondary type, she does however gain access to Steel-type moves such as Gyro Ball and Flash Cannon which helps her in battles against types that resist its Water-Type moves.
Despite her size, Sakura is a very gentle and calm Hokuto. She may be wary at first but can be very a good ally in battle. She mainly takes the role of leader in large groups of other pretty young females. She firmly plants her feet on the ground before shooting water from the jets on her back, deliberately making herself heavy to withstand the recoil of their water jets. According to her autobiography, she uses her heavy body as a crushing weight.